0436 GMT August 04, 2021
President Rouhani offers cooperation
Judiciary chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi won Iran’s 13th presidential election with nearly 62% of the vote, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday after the rivals of the conservative cleric conceded defeat.
Raeisi bagged more than 17.9 million votes out of over 28.9 million ballots cast on Friday, far ahead of the second-place candidate, Mohsen Rezaei, who won 3.4 million votes. Abdolnaser Hemmati garnered over 2.4 million votes, and Seyyed Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi secured nearly one million votes, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on national television.
Iran has more than 59 million eligible voters, making the turnout 48.8%, the lowest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Rahmani Fazli said 3.7 million ballots were annulled.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei praised the “epic” turnout in the election, saying the “great” winners are the people themselves, whose iron will was broken by neither the pandemic nor attempts at frustrating them.
In a message addressed to the Iranian nation, the Leader thanked the people for turning out en masse and said their “epic, passionate participation” added “a new shining page to the [record] of their honors”, Press TV reported
“In spite of factors that could have each diminished participation in the election, pleasant scenes of your gatherings at polling stations countrywide were a clear sign of your iron will, hopeful heart, and vigilant eyes,” the Leader said.
“The great winner of the election yesterday was the Iranian nation, which stood up once again in the face of the propaganda campaign waged by the enemy’s mercenary media and temptations of ill-wishers and showed off its presence in the heart of the political field,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader said nothing could break the Iranian nation’s will and hamper the election; neither complaints about livelihoods, nor threats of the coronavirus outbreak, nor the propagating opposition which had started from months before to frustrate the people, nor the irregularities that briefly disrupted voting in the early hours of Election Day.
He thanked the nation and the institutions in charge of holding, overseeing, and providing security to the election process.
Ayatollah Khamenei offered congratulations to the president-elect and advised him to fully shoulder the responsibilities assigned to him by the country’s law.
Rouhani offers cooperation
Later in the day, President Hassan Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf turned up at the campaign office of Raeisi to congratulate him in person.
Following the meetings, the three briefed reporters on the content of their talks.
Rouhani thanked all those in charge of holding, overseeing and providing security to the election process.
The outgoing president said his team was fully ready to offer any cooperation or assistance to their successors.
Similarly, Qalibaf said Parliament stands fully ready to cooperate with the president-elect.
In turn, Raeisi pledged all-out efforts to resolve the country’s problems, especially those affecting the people’s livelihoods.
To achieve that goal, Raeisi said, he would consult with the outgoing government, Parliament, and the elites.
Raeisi, 61, was campaigning with the slogan “Popular Government, Strong Iran” on a platform of uprooting corruption in the executive branch, fighting poverty, creating jobs, containing inflation, and corruption.
He is to be sworn in in August.
Raeisi has been the chief of Iran’s Judiciary since 2019. The cleric has formerly held several other posts in Iran’s judicial branch since the Islamic Revolution.
In separate messages issued before the release of the final results on Saturday, Raeisi’s rivals conceded defeat and wished him success in his four-year term.
In a tweet, Rezaei congratulated Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian nation and the president-elect on the “epic turnout” in the Friday election, Press TV wrote.
“God willing, the definitive election of my dear brother Ayatollah Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi will herald the establishment of a powerful, popular government to resolve the country’s problems,” he said.
Hemmati, the only reformist candidate in the election, also took to his Instagram page to offer felicitations to Raeisi.
In a post addressed to Raeisi, Hemmati said: “The proud and noble Iranian people rightly expect to live lives filled with hope, peace, and prosperity,” expressing hope that his incoming government will act on the domestic and international fronts to improve the livelihoods of the Iranian people under the leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei.
In turn, Ghazizadeh Hashemi hailed the nation’s passionate turnout in the election, despite the coronavirus outbreak, their complaints about the current administration’s performance, and the propaganda campaign launched by foreign media.
He congratulated the Leader on the “epic” election turnout and wished the president-elect success, while backing the people’s vote.